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his visit comes on the one-year anniversary the collapse of lehman brothers. dan harris has more. >> reporter: one year ago this weekend government officials were trying to decide whether to rescue lehman brothers, a bank previously considered unsinkable. the government decided to let lehman collapse and that triggered what is being called the great recession. since then the economy has shed nearly 6 milli jobs and the value of the average existing home has decreased by about 15%, though many economists say it would have been worse without the $700 billion bailout of wall street's other mor banks. stocks, too, took a nosedive after lehman collapsed dropping almost 5,000 points at the bottom but today they're on a rebound, though still 1,800 points lower than they were a year ago. americans have started cautiously to peer at their 401(k) statements once again. >> reporter: since the bott six months ago, everyone should
be feeling a lot better about their nest eggs. >> reporter: if you're more than ten years away from retirement, many analysts say it is time to start taking some risks in your retirement account again, including stocks. but what about wall street itself? what has been done to prevent a repeat of this crisis? policy makers have done a lot of good work stabilizing the financial system but have not changed anything fundamentally. until they do, the risk of anher financial panic in our future is still very high. >> reporter: when president obama makes his speech on wall street on monday, we are told he will propose increased regulation on wall street investors. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> police in new haven, connecticut are treating the disappearance of yale graduate student annie le as a homicide. police believe the body found in the wall of a university lab is hers. she was supposed to get married
on sunday. >> reporter: investigators in chicago have not determined what caused the death of the chief fund-raiser for ousted governor rod blagojevich. christopher kelly was found dead in his suv on sunday. he recently pleaded guilty in a bribery scheme and was going to prison this week. blagojevich said investigators were pushing kelly for more dirt. >> it seems to me and it really raises the question of what the government was doing to him to make him pay a far greater price for his wrongs because they were trying to get him to lie about me and lead him to the suicide. >> blagojevich resigned amid allegations he tried to sell president obama's vacated senate seat. >> two women are lucky to be alive after they nearly drown on their way to church. they had driven a few blocks from home when their car was swept away by floodwaters. they sailed down a creek and they were stranded for two
hours. luckily another driver did eventually spot them and called 911. >> that's where i nt to high school. i can't recognize what that creek is. >> did you call the folks? >> i need to. >> good heavens. water logged purse, water logged couple of ladies. >> in today's forecast, most of that stormy weather in texas moves east bringing the heaviest rain and flooding to the eastern part of the state, into the mississippi valley and southeast. showers and thunderstorms with areas of severe weather from new mexico to idaho and patchy fog in wisconsin and minnesota. >> highs in the 80s across much of the midwest, 87 in new orleans, 83 in new york, 84 in baltimore, a seasonable 71 in seattle, 78 in sacramento. still triple digits in phoenix. >> time for your favorite part of the morning. >> all right. >> a story about an animal. they were all decked out from head to paw strutting their
stuff .>> and dogs. pet lovers get their pooches all dolled up for a doggy fashion show in bakersfield, california. they showed up in full costume. how about the lady bug. how about that. there was a hoola dancer and a boxing champion, a boxer. that's appropriate. >> the winner was in hog heaven. she was dressed as a harley riding bad girl. and that was a thong along with another -- >> there was a doggy thong? >> let's n go back to that one. >> gives getting some tail a whole other meaning. we'll be right back. ♪ hot dog meaning. we'll be right back. ♪ hot dog
>> just days after the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, osama bin laden is out with a new audiotape. >> antiterrorism experts say the next terror threat is probably being hatched right here at home. jim sciutto got an exclusive look at the new york police department's extraordinary anti-terror unit. >> reporter: eight years after 9/11, this is this detective's beat, not actively fighting crime or terrorism but perceptions. >> after 9/11 it was a little bit different. it was difficult for the community. >> reporter: why? because they felt under assault? >> yeah, i mean, assault that anyone who is police, a uniform, this person will come here and try to harass us. >> reporter: a muslim community liaison for the new york police department, his advantage is in parthat he's one otheir own, an immigrant from yemen, fluent in arabic. the message is also that they're not a target, right? >> that's exactly it.
i'm trying to explain that to them. >> reporter: outreach to new york's large and growing muslim community is an essential part the n.y.p.d.'s effort to prevent another 9/11. it's a combination of hard power, such as a thousand counterterrorism officers and more diplomatic work of encouraging muslims to take part. >> if there is something they need to report, you want them to report to you. >> reporter: on the intelligent side the effort goes much wider. the arab linguists outnumber those at the cia and fbi combined. ey help analyze intelligence from around the world, including extremist web sites, what police call the new training camps for terrorists. overseas the n.y.p.d. has agents stationed in ten countries. together they're fighting an increasingly varied terror
threat. from al qaeda and al qaeda-tied groups and now home-grown terrorists radicalized from inside the u.s. >> the home grown threat has emerged in the wake of 9/11 which gave everybody permission to play out this game, join the radical cause. >> reporter: it's a threat police want to monitor without alienating the vast majority of new york muslims who don't support radicalism. >> this is where they want to see their kids grow up. their concern is our concern. >> reporter: jim sciutto, abc news, new york. >> it certainly seems like a step in the right direction that now they are training people had have that cultural knowledge rather than someone who is american who has learned the muslim language. >> and whenever there is a terrorist attack elsewhere in the world, a member from the n.y.p.d. goes there and learns more about it so they'll know more in the future. an interesting approach. when we come back, if you can't beat them, join them.
entire school district will switch. >> they took right away to it. >> reporter: laptops and ipods cost money of course but so do textbooks, at times hundreds of dollars a piece. because there is so much free educational material online, high tech can sometimes mean low cost. empire high in arizona bought laptops for its students, in part with the money it saved on textbooks. traditional textbooks like this are only updated united states every few years but with new technology like this, updates are instantaneous. and it's fun, right? >> definitely. >> reporter: fun, yes. but in the digital classroom are kids really paying attention? this school blocks many of the most popular networking sites but some distractions are part of the lesson plan. >> they're multi-faceters, way better than we are. it's a skill they need to know. >> reporter: new skills for a future no longer bound by book
covers. >> it's not just classrooms. even childhood main stays are getting a makeover for the digital age. that includes tom at tank engine. >> john berman explains what a big deal that is to the preschool set and he gets an exclusive interview. >> reporter: for little kids thomas the tank engine is like the beatles, the jonas brothers and milely cyrus combined and on rails. kids have read about the british character since the 40s and watched them on television since the 0s. we've heard the likes of ringo star, george carlin, alec baldwin and pierce brosnan narrate the happytales. but one thing we have never heard is thomas's own voice until now. this week for the first time
thomas will speak in his own voice on the cartoon. he's also getting some computer-generated enhancements. in anxclusive interview with abc news, i asked thomas about the changes. >> hello, john. thank you for visiting us on the island. >> reporter: your fans are going to get to hear you speak in your own voice for the very first time. how do you feel about that? >> every useful engine has their own story to tell. the stories will make your fire box fizz! >> reporter: you and your friends are getting a complete makeover. how will that change your adventures? >> you'll see soder like never before. now our stories are better than ever. >> reporter: it's hard to knock thomas off message. there is of course a business side to this, a chance for the company that produces thomas to make a splash and also stay modern. think of greta garb >> thomas is like garbo, thomas
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grandmother of these kids because that's who they say they're staying with. when she can't find the grandmother, they meet the aunt. she's great in this movie. she's a selfish night club singer, an alcoholic and she doesn't want to be bothered with these three kids. as the plot unfolds you learn more and more about the characters. you realize these three kids are being told they have to work off the debt they owe to media for breaking into the house and you see these three kids really take care of each other. that's the oldest sister. taking care of the kids is really taking a toll on her. >> you know what happened with little gls when they're mad at the world? they grow up and become bitter old women if they don't figure out what's going on with them. >> just like the one you're sitting there talking to, a bitter old woman, a bitter 450 pound old woman. >> there are so many funny one-liners. tyler perry is so good at writing compelling real
characters. i think this movie deserves four kernels. you should see it in the theater with the audience. that was half of the experience. people loved this movie. >> a lot of celebrity appearances, too. mary j. blige, she stars in the movie as a co-worker of april. they work together at a night club. also gladys knight in the movie play as church worker who is trying to get april to mend their working ways. they both showed off their acting chops when they try to set april straight. >> you got to care about somebody other than yourself. >> look, i didn't come in here for that, okay? >> you just care about alcohol and where's randy. i'm sick of hearing that. you got a bigger problem on your hands. if i wasn't your friend and didn't love you, i wouldn't bring it to you real. >> bringing it to her real. the movie was grea
>> deal maker. >> deal maker. as health care legislation works its way through congress, what is president obama willing to give up to get a bill passed? >> there's no way to pass a plan that includes a public option. >> then search for a killer. police uncover a body in the search for a missing yale university student on the same day she was to be married. >> and get ready to go-go. the music genre showcase at the mtv video music awards making a comeback. ♪ it's monday, september 14th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> speaking of the video music awards, a lot of talk about kanye west this morning. if it's possible, he has one upped himself in the bad behavior department. we'll talk about that in the
"skinny." >> so ill advised. >> not right at all. it will be interesting to see if there's long-term fallout. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. president obama is facing a critical week for his health care reform plan. a key group of senators could be close to a deal. the latest abc news poll finds americans are evenly split on the president's handling of the issue. 48% approve, 48% disprove. >> the president feels confident the reform package will eventually pass. david kerley has more from washington. >> reporter: the divide in the health care debate looms large. at least 60,000 people marched on the capital complains mr. obama is ting to change too mu too fast. >> this is ridiculous, health care, everything. it's all ridiculous. >> it's not just one thing, it's a bunch of things. >> reporter: the president's call for a public option received another nail in the coffin from the very republican senator considered essential to pass health care reform. >> i urge the president to take the public option off the table.
to be very close to their version of health care reform. >> just three days after the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, osama bin laden has released a new audiotape. in his message the al qaeda leader says president obama is powerless to stop the war in afghanistan. the title of the tape was "message to the american people." those words were superimposed over a new york city skyline with the world trade center still standing. >> in afghanistan there is a major shift at the military's most notorious prisons. for the first time the pentagon is allowing hundds of prisoners the right to challenge their own detention. clarissa ward reports. >> reporter: this is the airfield at bagram air base, the closest you're likely to ever get to bagram prison. the facility is kept completely secret. just 45 miles north of kabul,
there are approximately 600 detainees. some have been held without chges or trials for six years. these men were all held at the prison and claim to have suffered beatings, sleep deprivation and threats to their lives. they put a pistol in my ear. they said i had to speak or be shot, this man said. like abu ghraib and guantanamo bay, for many afghans, bagram has become synonymous with horror stories of physical and mental abuse. >> the detainees still do not have any access to u.s. courts, they do not have access to their attorneys and they have no available recourse to demonstrate their innocence. >> reporter: but under the new initiative, each detainee would be assigned a military-appointed representative, who would help them to call witnesses and collect evidence in their defense. the new policy is unlikely to change public support for a war which has grown increasingly unpopular for eight years.
as congress awaits recommendations from america's top military commander in afghanistan, more and more democratic leaders are speaking out against sending in more troops. >> the larger our military footprint there, the more our enemies can seek to drive a wedge between us and the afghan population. >> reporter: a recent military investigation found the vast majority of detainees at bagram never actually engaged in hostile action against u.s. troops. clarissa ward, abc news, kabul. >> the iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former president bush gets out of prison today. his family is preparing to celebrate. he threw his shoes at mr. bush last december. he was convicted of assault. the incident quickly made him a folk hero in much of the arab world. >> police in new haven, connecticut are looking for a killer this morning. they found a body believed to be that of missing yale university student annie le yesterday.
lucy yang of wabc in new york reports. >> reporter: a day made for memories, a coirmed nightmare. police found a woman's body. though they are waiting for positive identification, they have already expressed their condolences to the family of annie le. >> she hasn't been positively identified as of this time. we're assuming it is her at this time. >> reporter: police made the horrible discovery at 5:00. they found the corpse hidden behind a wall inside this medical lab at yale university. 24-year-old annie le was seen going to work here last tuesday morning and then she disappeared. despite more than 70 surveillance cameras in the vicinity, there is no photo of her leaving the building. now investigators know why, she never did. police confirm they have recovered a large amount of physical evidence whh they are intensely examining to help piece to the the last moments of her life. since last week more than a hundred officers have raced around the clock to find the yale university graduate
student, only to find her on what would have been her wedding night. her family from california now staring at a funeral. >> i feel lost. don't know what happened to my niece. >> reporter: earlier police and the fbi extended their search to the landfill in hartford hoping cadaver dogs would be able to sniff through the garbage and find the bride to be. turns out she never left yale. the university president issuing this statement: >> the family and friends now must suffer the additional ordeal of waiting for the body to be positively identified. >> the late senator ted kennedy's memoir hits book stands today. its accomplisher expects the book to be a best seller. true compass details kennedy's childhood, political career, his battle with brain cancer and remorse over the 1969 car accident at chappaquiddick that killed mary jo kopechne. >> the family sort of upset last
week because the "new york times" got their hands on an advanced copy of it. well, here is your monday forecast: >> showers and thunderstorms from the southern rockies to oregon with some localized flooding, hail and gusty winds. >> a high of 75 in portland, 82 in albuquerque. sorry, i said that funny. sunny and warm -- >> that's okay. >> you're okay with that? sunny and warm across the west. 78 in boston and 80s from new york it atlanta. >> just call it a cattle drive-through. that's what it looked like at a convenience store in washington state over the weekend. >> two steers made their way down the aisle of a store until
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street. the market held together for much of the day with only a 200 to 300 point loss. at the end of the trading day the bottom fell out. then it dropped to a 504-point loss. the financials institutions are in trouble. lehman brother filed for bankruptcy. merrill lynch was sold after just two days of discussions. it is all a bit dizzying. betsy stark is here with more. >> reporter: charlie, this was the day we were afraid to wake up to, the bankruptcy of one major wall street investment bank, the shotgun wedding of another. some called it the end of an era, another a day of reckoning. that 500 point drop in the dow is telling us investors are worried there is more to come. it was a day for the history books on wall street. >> you go to sleep on friday, wa up on monday and things have completely turned around. >> reporter: outside lehman
brothers in manhattan today, shell shocked employees, thousands of whom will lose their jobs, wondered how it could have happened. >> it's very hard to imagine a place like lehman would come down. >> reporter: do you worry about what's going to happen next? >> yes. everybody is worried. >> reporter: the dye was cast this weekend after emergency meetings between government officials and wall street executives failed to produce a buyer for lehman. the suitors were looking for government guarantees against lehman's billions in bad debt but treasury secretary hank paulson refused sending the message that after the federal takeover of mortgage giants fanniemae and freddie mac, there would be no more bailouts at the taxpayers' expense. >> you don't restore confidence by rescuing one institution after another after another after another after another. >> reporter: for merrill lynch that meant the only way to avoid the fate of lehman and bear stearns was to agree to a takeover. so a deal was made with bank of
america in less than 48 hours. in washington today the bush administration sought to reassure a nervous public. >> the american people can be very, very confident about their accounts in our banking system. >> reporter: but the message of the markets today is that this crisis is probably not over yet. >> the bottom line is you had a lot of companies that became caught up in the speculation. they took risks that they should not have taken. they're now paying for those risks. >> reporter: lehman brothers, which was trading at $60 a share just a year ago finished this monday as a penny stock, worth just 21 cents a share, despite the fact that company holds assets worth billions of dollars but no one wanted to buy it because they were afraid of taking on billions more in risky investments lehman had made in the mortge market. >> betsy stark, thanks to you.
today's events on wall street will end aftershocks throughout the economy and could affect a lot of americans, from those thinking of retirement, to those considering buying a house or car to tens of thousands of people in the financial services industries who may be losing their jobs. to run down some of the effect, dan harris. >> reporter: even if you haven't heard of lehman brothers or aig, merrill lynch or washington mutual, you will feel the fallout. what does it mean for your mutual funds and 401(k)? if you own stock in the affected companies, you will definitely get hurt. even if you don't the tumult is driving down the home market. even with today's soul crushing swoon, stocks provide the best long-term return. >> we have this inherent bias for action, this desire to do something when in reality sometimes the best action to take is to stay right where you are. >> reporter: what will it mean for the rest of the economy? it certainly won't help. shareholders have less money to spend. today the mayor said he's
bracing for tens of thousands of layoffs and a huge hit to the tax base. what about your ability to get a loan? at a time when it's already hard to get credit, lehman's demise may aggravate matters. on the bright side it may increase the odds of the federal reserve cutting interest rates tomorrow. how safe is your bank account? it's important to remember that lehman and merrill are investment banks, not commercial banks. the federal government said 98% of commercial banks have plenty of money, which brings us to the final question, is there a silver lining here? yes. when the stock market is down, there are lots of buying opportunities for the brave. >> this is the kind of environment that million and billionaires are made out of. >> reporter: oil prices dropped again today because investors figure a slowing economy means less demand for fuel. however, there is no silver bullet for an economy that experts said today is likely to get worse before it getsetter.
dan harris, abc news, new york. >> it was a year ago we saw those lehman brothers packing up and moving along with their stuff. i read some of them are going to get together this week at a bar near lehman brothers for a meet and greet. there's a pizza place nearby that had to lay off five people because lehman was such big business for them. >> it's so odd to think it's been a full year now. when we come back, kanye wess buffoonery during the mtv tribute awards.
their babehavior. if you'll allow me to take off my objectivity hat and tell you i really can't stand kanye west after this. the vmas are last night hosted by russell brand and a big night for taylor swift, wins the best female video, huge deal for her. she takes to the stage and watch what kanye does. >> thank you so much for giving me the chance to win a vma award. >> i'm really happy for you. i'm going to let you finish but beyonce had one of the best videos of all time. one of the best videos of all time. >> basically he stormed the stage, interrupted her sweet little speech. the whole crowd was shocked. beyonce is even stunned. later beyonce wins a vma and gives taylor a shout. >> it was one of the most
exciting moments in my life. so i'd like for taylor to come out and have her moment. maybe we can try this again? >> she's a sweetheart. what kanye did was wrong and what the celebrities in the crowd were twittering had to say about it was fascinating. katie perry said bnkou, kanye. it's like you stepped on a kitten. pink wrote kanye is the biggest piece of blank on earth. it certainly overshadowed the night that was supposed to be devoted to michael jackson. >> you have to wonder what he was thinking. it seems like it had to be premeditated. like he thought ahead of time if beyonce didn't win, he was going to say something. >> when he loses award shows, he always makes a big stink about it. >> you should see what perez hilton also said about the hair cut. not a fan.
so the vma, there was another really nice moment and that was a tribute to michael jackson, it started with madonna. she talked about their life long friendship, how they used to go out to dinner and watch movies at their place and there was of course a performance by janet jackson. ♪ >> you can sort of see what they did there. they edited her out of the video so she was sort of superimposed. it really was nice. there was a lot of people dancing. they did "thriller," "smooth criminal." >> we got our first look at the much anticipated trailer for the new michael jackson movie. it comes out late next month, october 28th. it's only going to have a two-week run in the theaters. but this is it, this is our first look. more news coming up.
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>> here are some stories to watch today on abc news: president obama travels to wall street today to deliver a speech marking the one-year anniversary of lehman brothers' collapse. he'll say tougher regulations are essential to prevent another crisis. >> investigators in new haven, connecticut are looking for a killer after finding the body of yale student annie le. she was to be married yesterday. >> and the trial of american college student amanda knox resumes in italy today after a long summer break. she is charged with murdering her roommate. >> whether you like rock, pop, easy listening or rap, go-go music was in the spotlight at the vmas. >> the music has been around since the 60s. >> it is making a comeback. >> reporter: the pulse, the beat, the rhythm, everything in
washington is about politics. >> good afternoon, everybody. >> reporter: but this is what gets the people moving in the nation's capital. here at mtv's video music awards, throw some percussion, mix some base and add audience participation and you have what folks in washington, d.c. call go-go music. their trip to the vma started with an anxious ride on the train but their journey in go-go started 13 years ago. the godfather of go-go, chuck brown, was the first to put the music on the map in the early 60s and it reached its peak in the 80s when director spike lee featured a song in his movie. but the music hit a sour note. >> a lot of people like go-go but it does seem to attract a pretty violent crowd.
>> reporter: how were you guys able to set yourselves apart? >> we just had to stop and s, okay, this is not the direction that we want. once we really started changing our mindset, things started changing for us and around us. >> reporter: and in 2004 the guys found their rhythm by steering away from the coverage most go-go bands are known for and created original songs. >> we're coined the party band. go-go is really like a party music. >> people will dance. >> people will get up. >> they are going to get up. they have to. and they're going to dance. they're going to like, it they're going to love it. it's going to be great. >> reporter: do you think president obama has heard go-go yet? >> i hope he has. and if he hasn't, i hope he watches the vma. >> go-go has evolved. not what i thought it was.